At the age of 36, our founder Joanne Sowerby was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Thankfully, Joanne’s treatment was a success, but during her journey she realised that cancer is an isolating experience and the fears associated with a cancer diagnosis do not go away.
My friends and family were amazing, but I needed to talk to people who understood what I was going through and this is what inspired me to set up the group. We started with eight ladies sat around a table in a local village hall. Five years on, we have had over 75 families through our doors, supporting them in lots of different ways.
The group meets twice a month providing peer support to those affected by cancer. We are not a traditional support group, the focus isn’t always talking about cancer, its learning to love ourselves again and not letting cancer define us. Cancer leaves not only physical but emotional scars, and for anyone moving beyond cancer this is often the most difficult time.
We run 2 support group meetings on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
The first Wednesday of the month is a “getting to know you group” for new people wishing to have a look around and find our more about what we do.
The third Wednesday of the month is our main Support Group.